Jimmy Butler, right, helped the Chicago Bulls to victory (AP).

Chicago Bulls brush aside New York Knicks with late surge

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The Chicago Bulls stayed hot as they dominated the fourth quarter on their way to a 108-81 win over the New York Knicks on Friday.

The Bulls had blown a 17-point lead but found an extra gear late on as they won for the fourth time in five games.

Jimmy Butler had 21 points, Nikola Mirotic scored 17 and added seven assists, while rookie Bobby Portis collected 16 points and 10 rebounds for his third straight game scoring in double figures.

Carmelo Anthony scored 20 as New York lost for a fifth time in six outings.

Kyle Lowry's fourth double-double of the season powered the Toronto Raptors to a 104-94 win over the Charlotte Hornets.

DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points while Lowry collected 18 points and 11 assists.

John Wall scored 24 points and dished out 13 assists as the Washington Wizards beat the Orlando Magic 103-91. Otto Porter had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Washington.

Hassan Whiteside's 25 points and 19 rebounds helped the Miami Heat beat the Dallas Mavericks 106-82.

As Kobe Bryant sat out with a shoulder injury, the struggling Los Angeles Lakers beat the woeful Philadelphia 76ers 93-84 in a meeting of the two teams with the worst records in the NBA. Louis Williams scored 24 points to lead Los Angeles.


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